1980 Ducati Custom for Sale
This is a one-of-a-kind custom naked Ducati. I’ve seen a few Pantah-based customs come up for sale recently, perhaps because, for a while, they were cheap to buy and the huge fairings and 80’s styling were considered pretty uncool until pretty recently. Or maybe people just thought that early trellis frame should be on display. This one is claimed to have an “NCR type frame” and it definitely doesn’t look stock.
The belt-driven, single overhead cam Pantah motor still lives on in modern, air-cooled Ducatis and has featured displacements from 500 to 1100 cc’s, although this early bike probably originally had a 500 or 600. The seller mentions that it has a new 650 in it, most likely from the Cagiva Alazzurra that used a version of Ducati’s famous L-twin.
Don’t let the smallish displacement fool you though: what these twins lack in outright power, they make up for in midrange thunder. The basic hard parts are very durable, respond well to tuning, and while they do require regular maintenance, they can be very reliable.
From the original eBay listing: 1980 Ducati Custom for Sale
You are bidding on a Ducati with a specilal frame and body work, the chassis and body work was imported by Jimmy Adamo in the late 80:s, some one then put a new 650 cc engine and components in the frame and built the bike, engine had been hopped up along with race type exhaust system etc. When I got the bike I put on Marvic magnesium wheels, had the frame nickel plated, built the clutch you see, added the racing type full floating rotors, Brembo Gold line calipers, stainless lines, added the alloy rear swing arm, steering damper, etc,etc,. The bike also has 38 mm front forks with alloy upper and lower steering triple clamps. This bike has won numerous awards at shows, finished second overall at the Cycle World show at the Javits center in New York. The bike has been off the road for 10 years and stored in a climate controlled garage, I just rebuilt the cylinder heads and carbs, the gas tank-seat assembly is fiber glass and we cut the bottom out and cleaned up the inside of the tank, reassembled it and Caswelled the entire inside of tank, the tank is now ethanol and fuel proof. the brakes and clutch are on silicon brake fluid and work perfectly. I just put a brand new battery in , bike runs great and sounds like a racing smallblock Chevy
I’m a big fan of the air-cooled Pantah motor: until you’ve heard the clanking, hissing, rasping, thudding cacophony of one, you really haven’t lived, and even the smallest Ducati twins can sound truly fierce. That vented cover shows off the dry clutch , although I’d consider putting some covers over those cam belts: I love the exposed look, but one stray rock…
The starting bid is set at $5,000 and there’s been no real interest with a few days left on the auction. I actually prefer the original Pantah’s bulbous fairing and classic silver, blue, and red paint, but you certainly won’t see anything like this at your local bike night, and the rare parts are certainly very cool. Although I’d lose that plastic hugger on the rear wheel and those fakey carbon-look turn signals as soon as I got it home…